Rethinking Capacity Building: Ethnographic portraits of East African sciences

In Kenya and Uganda many doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers are part of complex transnational research and training networks set up to build research ‘capacity ‘in African universities.

These early career academics have to negotiate academic cultures and institutional priorities defined by international funders.┬áThe aim is to craft a series of ethnographic portraits in collaboration with young East African scientists, and use them to generate comparative research insights. The work will help explore the policy assumptions around ‘capacity-building’, an area of growing interest for anthropologists of science.